Government

Taxes
7:22 am
Wed December 11, 2013

NY tax commission recommends cuts

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former state Comptroller Carl McCall pose at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Cuomo named Pataki and McCall to a Tax Relief Commission.
Credit AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Commission is recommending a $2 billion package that includes a temporary freeze on property taxes, and a cut in business taxes. 

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legislative response to newtown school shooting
11:39 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Conn. has second toughest gun laws in the nation

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signing legislation at the Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, April 4, 2013, that includes new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, a response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.
Credit AP Photo/Steven Senne

Connecticut ranks second highest in the nation for the strength of its gun reform laws, trailing only California.

That’s according to an annual ranking by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

WSHU's Ebong Udoma covers the state capitol and discusses the legislative response to the Newtown School Shooting, which included new stricter gun laws.

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Conn., unions seek settlement talks
9:45 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Conn. Attorney General withdraws Supreme Court appeal over 2003 layoffs

File-Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland gestures as he leaves a brief news conference at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. Rowland vowed to continue working on putting together a state budget despite a suit filed in federal court by state employee unions.
Credit AP Photo/Bob Child

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen was challenging a ruling involving a lawsuit filed ten years ago against the administration of former Governor John Rowland. In the lawsuit, 2,800 state employees claimed they were laid off because of their union affiliation.

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Reform groups: Elections board is "useless"
9:40 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Reformers focus on NY Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

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Cameras on trains
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Metro-North introduces new safety protocol; Senators urge additional measure

A Metro-North train takes on passengers at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, a few hundred feet from where a fatal derailment disrupted service on the Hudson Line of the railroad Sunday, Dec. 1.
Credit AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says some new safety protections are going into effect on Metro-North Railroad.

They include a system to warn train operators when they approach certain areas and will automatically apply the train's emergency brakes if it doesn't slow down.

The changes were directed in an emergency order  by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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